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Canon PowerShot G5 X And PowerShot G9 X Hands-On Preview

Canon now has 5 cameras sitting in its G Series category and ePHOTOzine got the chance to go hands-on with the two latest models added to the range.

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Canon has expanded its PowerShot G-series with two new cameras - the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X. If you're wondering where the two new additions sit in the G-series lineup, the G9 X follows the G7 X as a more compact version, and the new G5 X sits between this and the G3 X. The Canon PowerShot G1 X MII, announced back in February 2014, still sits at the top of the hierarchy as the flagship camera in the G-series. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 200
 

New Canon PowerShot G-Series Camera - PowerShot G5 X & PowerShot G9 X

Both models feature a 1.0-type back-illuminated 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 6 processor and are compact in size. In fact, the G9 X is actually 25% slimmer than the G7 X making it even more pocket-sized. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 800

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 500
 

When it comes to lenses, the PowerShot G5 X features a 4.2x zoom, 24mm wide-angle lens with a f/1.8-2.8 aperture range (same as the G7 X). The G9 X is actually a little less wide at 28mm and the optical zoom length is shorter at just 3x and it has an aperture range of f/2-4.9. To keep shots steady, both cameras feature 5-axis Advanced Dynamic IS.

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 400
 

You'll notice there's an electronic viewfinder on the G5 X, but not on the G9 X, which sits in the centre of the camera. It's made up of 2.6 million dots and it's activated by simply holding your eye up to it. Those who aren't fans of electronic viewfinders can use the G5 X’s 3-inch vari-angle flip-out touchscreen which can also be found on the G9 X. 

 

1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 10.4 mm | ISO 400

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 320

1/30 sec | f/2.2 | 10.4 mm | ISO 160

 

Functions can be assigned to the Lens Control Ring found on both cameras and it's actually quieter and smoother in operation than the Lens Control Rings found on previous models. 

As you'd expect, both the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X can capture full HD footage and in Manual Movie mode, the user can control the shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Cinematic focus pulls can be created via the touchscreen and users can also use variable frame rates. 

 

1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 10.4 mm | ISO 2500
 

1/30 sec | f/5.0 | 10.4 mm | ISO 640
 

Creative modes are something you expect to find on all cameras nowadays and the two new PowerShots are no different with retro filters and more built-in. The Star Mode also sees improvements which make capturing nightscapes easier. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 800
 

Both cameras offer remote shooting via Wi-Fi and users are given full manual control of the cameras while doing this via a smartphone or other such smart device. Images can also be transferred wirelessly making it quick and easy to share or backup photos to cloud services. 

The battery life of the Canon Powershot G5 X is quite short at 210 shots, although this can be extended to 320 shots using ECO mode. The G9 X has a slightly better battery life, offering 220 shots, or 335 shots with ECO mode enabled. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 640
 

The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X are both light-weight, fit well in the hand and have a good grip. They're also simple to use and the menu systems are easy to navigate. They have a modern look to them and the silver version of the G9 X with its brown grip is particularly eye-catching. It'll be interesting to see how both models perform when we get them in for a full review. 

 

1/30 sec | f/1.8 | 10.4 mm | ISO 500

 

Both cameras will be available from November with the following RRPs:

  • PowerShot G5 X  - £629.99
  • PowerShot G9 X (two colour options) - £399.99

 

Key Features – PowerShot G5 X

  • Premium image quality with classic DSLR-like handling
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Express your creativity with expert speed and control
  • Full HD Movies
  • Professional tools to support your creative style

Key Features – PowerShot G9 X

  • Slim, pocket-sized camera with premium image quality
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Built for spontaneity and creativity
  • Full HD Movies
  • Simple control

 

For more information on the cameras, visit ePHOTOzine's news section: Canon Expands PowerShot G-Series With G5 X & G9 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/1.8 - f/2.8
35mm equivalent24mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom4.2x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest250sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6.5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60p, 30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)210shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight377g
Width112.4mm
Height76.4mm
Depth44.2mm

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Canon PowerShot G9 X Specifications

ManufacturerCanon
Lens
Max Aperturef/2 - f/4.9
35mm equivalent28mm - 84mm
Optical Zoom3x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1inch
Sensor Size (width)No Data
Sensor Size (height)No Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:5
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1040
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/2000sec
Shutter speeds longest250sec
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Program Variable
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity125 - 12800
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Flash
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-3
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting6.5fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
Video FPS60p, 30p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiYes
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)220shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight209g
Width98mm
Height57.9mm
Depth30.8mm

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Niknut Plus
9 2.2k 78 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2015 5:12PM
That G5x looks yummy ??....look forward to seeing the image quality in the full review !.Smile

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